To continue on the Summer Smoothie Series, I couldn’t go any further without including a smoothie with my old faithful friend, peanut butter. As long as you buy a natural peanut butter, which is essentially a variety that only has crushed peanuts in it and perhaps a little salt, then peanut butter – like all nut butters – is actually really great for you. Life win! Full of good fats that your body knows how to process and packed with protein, you really can’t go wrong; I like to use Pic’s peanut butter, which is a local NZ product and is suuuuper delicious! The below smoothie isn’t too rich and is jammed with the savoury-sweet mix of peanut butter and banana, and is a great drink to make the night before and take to work/school/wherever your road takes you if you want a snack during the day.
I have recently discovered a new breakfast fav, and when I say that ‘I’ discovered it, what I mean is that my brilliant friend Steph educated me about the joy of buckwheat and told me about what she often has for breakfast and I err stole her idea, so all credit to her really. I’ve used buckwheat before to mill the groats into flour to make bread and pancakes, but I haven’t really known what to do with the whole groats. Turns out, you don’t have to do much at all with them apart from consume them – as they are or soaked. Buckwheat is gluten free, despite its name suggesting otherwise, and has a nutty feel and taste about it. It’s crunchy – chewy after being soaked – and is generally yummy and filling.
I eat a lot of salad. Like, heaps. It’s weird how much salad I eat, but I find salad so easy, versatile and super yummy, so I classify them as a daily life win. Also, as I spend my days working in an office (sob) I find that eating salad for lunch helps to avoid the afternoon ‘slump’ (although I still wouldn’t say no to a cheeky nap), and I find that I just feel better in general as I have to either sit or stand in one place for a prolonged period of time and I don’t like feeling ‘heavy’ or blergh.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been gallivanting around NZ (sort of) as my brother and his wife have been visiting from mighty America, which has been completely awesome! However, this has meant that between climbing enormous hills above Queenstown and falling into an Ice Bar for a cocktail, I have been out of my usual prep and eating routine, and my body/organs/energy levels are telling me to haul myself back back onto the salad train and kick back into making delish nourishing bowls to up my greens. In saying that, I was the person who rocked up to the family holiday with a giant bottle of homemade green juice – yep, expect nothing less fam-jam!
Few things can top good ol homemade pancakes. I remember when I was little they were a treat that we would have sometimes after swimming lessons on a Sunday evening – topped with lemon juice and sugar, or golden syrup. Um, yum. There is something quite comforting and homely about pancakes, so it only seems right to be able to enjoy a clean eating version of them. They are yum AND healthy! Such a win.
Hands up who’s a peanut butter fan? I never used to be, I thought it was similar to margarine injected with peanut flavour and I found it super gross. It is now however, something I love (along with all other nut butters!). I like peanut butter with banana, peanut butter with honey, peanut butter with raw chocolate … peanut butter everything!! I opt for the natural variety – usually Pics (local from Nelson) – but it is pretty spendy. It’s a more thrifty option to make your own – I’ll put a post up with a recipe soon! You can buy non-natural brands but unfortunately folks, they aren’t super good for you 🙁 sob.
In a conversation at work the other day I announced – as I do often regarding various things, that brazil nuts are one of my fav things, which then sparked a conversation where a couple of my colleagues, and good friends, told me that brazil nuts remind them of me, along with grapefruit, avocado, spinach and green things. YUSS. This thrills me no end as I really like green things – all green things – not just foodie green things but green jackets, other clothes, manchester, bags, tea towels, drink bottles, need I go on? In fact green is my all-time favourite colour, closely followed by red and then probably blue. My wardrobe was awfully awkward a couple of summers ago as for a while green dominated and red wasn’t far behind. Now I’m as festive as the next person, but there is a limit people, and I hit it.
Green to me is vibrant, energetic and wholesome; and although we can’t be all of those things, all of the time (ridiculous suggestion!) I do like what the element ‘green’ stands for. I’m not saying everyone agrees, yellow is also quite fabulous, but green, I love.
Kale. Kale is another thing I love. And is green.